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What to do in Ayutthaya? I usually divide Thailand into two parts: the historic Thailand with its magnificent temples and the Thailand of the beautiful beaches and islands. When we talk about history, nothing is more representative of the country’s past than the historic city of Ayutthaya.

Ayutthaya was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam, now Thailand and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located approximately 80 kilometers north of Bangkok and was founded in 1350.

Ayutthaya’s prosperity was shaken when in 1767 it was attacked and partially destroyed by the Burmese Army (now Myanmar), and the marks are still there, with ruined temples and many Buddhas with their heads severed.

After the attacks, the kingdom’s capital was moved to Bangkok, where it remains to this day.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

The city has hundreds of temples, the ideal is to spend at least two days there, but what most people do is a day trip from Bangkok. In this post, I will give you tips with the things to do in Ayutthaya in a day in the city. But let’s start with the basics: how to get there?

How to get there and how to walk in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is north of Bangkok, to get there there are buses, vans, tours and train. I think the coolest and incredibly cheap way is by train.

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There are also a few options for walking around there. It’s all explained in the link above, worth reading.

Check out the video where I show you how to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya on a budget:

Things to do in Ayutthaya

I thought that Ayutthaya was a small city, my mistake, because despite having 65 thousand inhabitants, the city is very spread out and considering that there are hundreds of temples, we need to prioritize the most beautiful.

Start your itinerary in Ayutthaya by the temple Wat Yai Chai Mongkolone of the most important and nothing like starting off on the right foot.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkol

Wat Yai Chai Mongkol

Things to do in Ayutthaya: Wat Yai Chai Mongkol

It is also one of the best preserved in the city, it has a huge central stupa 60 meters high and long and steep stairs to the top.

It was one of the busiest temples, a reflection of its importance, which was built by King U-Thong at the time of the city’s founding and there goes more than 600 years of history.

You will notice several Buddha images covered in golden cloth, which are donated by the Thais as a symbol of devotion.

The temple also has a huge open area, super beautiful and with newer temples that are used by the inhabitants of Ayutthaya for their daily prayers.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Then we went to the Wat Chai Watthanaram, one of the most beautiful and grandiose temples in Ayutthaya. It was built in 1650 and was used for royal ceremonies.

One thing that we notice is that all the beautiful Buddha statues were beheaded during the attack on Ayutthaya by the Burmese army.

The temple is next to the Chao Phraya River, the same one that goes to Bangkok and has a beautiful path to the river’s edge. There, people can take a boat to take a peaceful stroll through the waters, or simply to get their feet wet and cool off.

Wat Chai Watthanaram

Wat Chai Watthanaram

Things to do in Ayutthaya

The next temple was Wat Phra Ramthe architecture is very reminiscent of the main temples in Ayutthaya, it is very well preserved – it was even restored a few years ago – and it was super empty.

The temple is not the biggest, it has several trees that are great for the hot weather there.

The next stop was at Wat Lokkayasutharambetter known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha of Ayutthaya.

The Buddha – one of the most photographed in the city – is 37 meters long and 8 meters high. But I noticed that it is well degraded, it needs restoration and maintenance. The fact that it’s outdoors doesn’t help, but it’s still a must-visit for anyone going to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Finally, we stopped at the most visited temple, the Wat Mahathat. But what makes this temple the most visited is a small buddha head measuring about 40 centimeters.

THE buddha head wrapped in the roots of a tree is one of the most famous images in Thailand and certainly the most photographed. A rope isolates the crowd – some disappointed by the diminutive size – but still, a very nice and representative image.

The temple itself is very beautiful and I spent a lot of time exploring all the ruins, all very clean and well maintained. As most people hang around the famous head, the rest of the complex is pretty empty and good for taking pictures without a crowd of Chinese tourists showing up in your photo.

Wat Mahathat

Things to do in Ayutthaya

These were the temples I visited in Ayutthaya, there are other beautiful temples, but in this itinerary I insisted on doing the most important and significant ones without rushing.

the temples Wat Mahathat it’s the Wat Chai Watthanaram are the ones that deserve a greater dedication, because they are really beautiful.

Most temples have to pay entry, which costs from 30 to 50 Bahts (3 to 5 reais), it’s really cheap.

I’ve been to Bangkok 5 more times and in fact, I’ve lived there during the year 2018. All the hotels that I’m going to indicate in this post I already know and I’ve stayed in them. Read the full post with all the tips or check out the main highlights below:

The Rambuttri Village Plaza is a find! It is located in the heart of the historic center of Bangkok, close to Khao San. Although this area is very crowded, it is on a very nice and quiet street. And it was in this hotel that I stayed on two occasions in Bangkok.

The Amara Bangkok is part of a chain of hotels in Asia, with two units in Singapore, one in Shanghai and this one in Bangkok. And it’s no exaggeration to say, this was the best hotel I stayed in Bangkok.

The Prime Hotel Central Station was recently renovated, the room was huge, with a very comfortable bed. A beautiful view of Hua Lampong station, where trains leave for Ayutthaya and all corners of Thailand.

The Quarter Ladprao is in a super strategic location in Bangkok, close to Don Mueang Airport and with easy access by train to Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Finally, a hotel for those on the go. I stayed at Suvarnabhumi Ville Airport Hotel during a long connection at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The hotel is next to the airport, right on the runway. They even have a rooftop bar – which serves wonderful drinks and great dishes – and from where we have a sensational view of the takeoffs and landings.

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